08 March 2013

Day 202: Nightmare Bacteria on the Rise

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CDC: 'Nightmare bacteria' spreading
Why 'nightmare bacteria' on the rise

Hospitals need to take action against the spread of a deadly, antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacteria kill up to half of patients who are infected.

The bacteria, called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, have increased over the past decade and grown resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics, according to the CDC. In the first half of 2012, 200 health care facilities treated patients infected with CRE.

"CRE are nightmare bacteria," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a statement. "Our strongest antibiotics don't work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections. Doctors, hospital leaders and public health must work together now to implement CDC's 'detect and protect' strategy and stop these infections from spreading."

Why are we using antibiotics so widely when the consequences are problematic?
One of the ways we consume antibiotics is through the meat we eat. Currently, the meat industry consumes 4/5th of the supply of antibiotics.Cattle and other livestock are being fed diets which counter their very design. Because it is more expensive to feed them a proper diet in order to 'meaten them up' -- cheaper and more harmful diets are fed to the animals. Obviously, since they are not designed to eat this food, like corn,  -- where the designs of these two points are not compatible -- harmful consequences emerge. One of the ways to get around the health problems that pop up their head when cattle are fed corn, is to give them antibiotics to ease their tummies. And then, if that's not bad enough -- we'll give them some more antibiotics for the sake of 'growth promotion'. Since you are what you eat -- the meat that is derived from the animals is tainted with antibiotics -- which we eat, and then become.

It's funny though how 'anti-biotics' in terms of its Latin roots literally means 'anti life'. It's also kind of how we humans act. We don't care about the life of the animals and we don't care about the lives of our fellow human beings -- all we care about is money. We want lots of it and we want it now. So we'll use antibiotics and threaten the future of humanity and the animal kingdom, but at least we'll get a good buck out of it.

I mean, hospitals are supposed to be places where you can go to 'get better'. Hospitals have become places where you now risk your life either by going into massive debt for treatments or where you get caught in death traps as all the nightmare bacteria and super bugs are coming to bite us in the ass.

And who is really the 'nightmare' in all of this? From the human's perspective its the bugs and viruses -- they are out to kill us: they have to go. Though from Mother Nature's perspective -- we're the ones destroying the environment and all Life on this planet, and we're the bad guys that have to go -- and it looks like she's currently one step ahead of us. No matter how hard we try to come up with something better to beat the bugs, they come beating us right back. And they don't have the technology and intelligence that we praise ourselves for so much. I mean, it's just a bug -- you can't even see it with your bare eyes -- what POSSIBLE significance could it have? Yet here are the bugs and they are winning this race.

In an Equal Money System, money and profit will no longer be the driving force of the Health Care System. Health, Life will drive the Health Care System. We won't just disregard treatments which are actually effective and prevent harm from being done just because it's not profitable -- that's losing the whole point of what Health Care is supposed to be about! We will respect nature, we will respect life and restore balance on Earth.

Not only will this vastly improve the quality of our lives and make health care accessible to everyone -- we will also no longer be a threat to our environment within acting within the principle of Prevention is the Best Cure.
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